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#4117032 - 08/02/21 12:57 PM Steering still stiff, whats next?
thephnx39 Offline
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Registered: 10/06/07
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I replace the PS Pump and the steering is still as stiff as before. The fluid is topped off and I bled the system also, so what next should I do to find issue and get steering back to normal. Thanks for any advice
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#4117036 - 08/02/21 02:06 PM Re: Steering still stiff, whats next? [Re: thephnx39]
RF_Overlord Offline

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Registered: 12/14/02
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Check the intermediate and lower steering shaft u-joints. These are a common issue.
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#4117046 - 08/02/21 03:44 PM Re: Steering still stiff, whats next? [Re: RF_Overlord]
thephnx39 Offline
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How do I check them? Should I spray with PB Blaster and attempt to manually by hand turn them left/right?
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#4117056 - 08/02/21 05:41 PM Re: Steering still stiff, whats next? [Re: thephnx39]
RF_Overlord Offline

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Yes.
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Too many mods to list / Driveway Queen

'04 Grand Marquis LS Limited Edition (Spruce Green)
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'00 Grand Marquis GS (Silver)
Rotted frame and broken transmission crossmember
Being resurrected...slowly.

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#4117136 - 08/03/21 08:30 PM Re: Steering still stiff, whats next? [Re: thephnx39]
Lance01 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/18
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I just bought another panther. A 04 Mercury Grand Marquis. The steering was so stiff you could hardly turn the steering wheel. I sprayed some PB blaster on the steering shafts and now the steering is back to normal.

Its only a temporary fix. My rusted steering shafts got to go. I will be ordering new Motorcraft steering shafts (upper and lower) from Tasca. All together you're looking at about 200$.

The bearing in the steering shaft which is also another item you could remove and replace easily when the steering shafts are out has unfortunately been discontinued. You can look on ebay. Seen a few OEM bearings on ebay.

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#4117274 - 08/05/21 10:49 AM Re: Steering still stiff, whats next? [Re: thephnx39]
thephnx39 Offline
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Registered: 10/06/07
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Loc: Texas
My steering is still stiff, when I turn the steering wheel there is a whine noise coming from the steering mechanism thats behind the brake pedal inside car, any ideas what to do?
I sprayed steering shaft under hood with pb blaster and the fluid is topped off.
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#4117328 - 08/05/21 09:33 PM Re: Steering still stiff, whats next? [Re: thephnx39]
Lance01 Offline
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Can you post pictures of the shaft?

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#4118030 - 08/12/21 03:45 PM Re: Steering still stiff, whats next? [Re: thephnx39]
SocalSam Offline
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One last thing to check are the front roll bar end links which are attached to the hubs.
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#4121356 - Yesterday at 07:38 AM Re: Steering still stiff, whats next? [Re: thephnx39]
Hound Offline
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Registered: 03/30/19
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Loc: Virginia
Did you ever resolve this?

I have a mechanic do most of the work on my 04 TC. I just do the tinkering like air box and tune, switches, minor stuff.

When I got it that he thought the rack and pinion unit was not in great shape but to drive it until it was giving me grief. It took almost two years but my steering shafts were rusted and the unit was sluggish. I just had him use a motorcraft reman unit, new shaft and heck, while it was all apart, I told him to put a new pump on it for luck. What's another Franklin while he's at it?

Drives like a dream again.


Edited by Hound (Yesterday at 07:39 AM)
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